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After Breitbart published my takedown of the Houston Chronicle’s sophomoric CAIR press release, the thumb-sucking Houston Chronicle “journalist” Dylan Baddour began receiving numerous tweets questioning his journalist integrity and skill. He emailed me and wrote a subsequent piece for the Chronicle, which is behind a paywall.

What is interesting about Baddour’s new piece in the Chronicle is his whining, self-pitying tone: Baddour strikes the pose of the poor victim, besieged by what he no doubt thinks of as ignorant, redneck, racist yahoos. He plays the victim just like his Muslim friends and allies, and for the same reason: to deflect attention away from the real victims — the victims of Sharia oppression, violence, misogyny, Jew-hatred, kuffar-hatred, etc. He is carrying water for the most oppressive ideology on the face of the earth, and whining about how he got some mean emails. Tell it to James Foley or Steven Sotloff.

He claims that I was trying to “shame” him. That is actually what he was doing to me in his first piece and in this one: “shaming” as in smearing and demonizing me and trying to make sure that Houston Chronicle readers would not support me or my work for human rights. Then the shamer plays victim. Poor Dylan.

After the Breibart piece ran, and his poor twitterfeed blew up, he wrote me:

Pamela,
Feel free to call and talk if there’s anything in the story you feel in inaccurate. 713-362-2152

And I emailed back:

Dylan

Read my piece here and you will see plenty in yours that was inaccurate. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/20/houston-chronicles-dylan-baddour-jesuiscoulibaly/

Here is a short list:
1. I am not an “anti-Islam activist.” I am a human rights activist fighting for freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, equal rights for all, and individual rights. I’m against jihad terror, honor killing, FGM, sex slavery, Jew-hatred, etc. Aren’t you?
2. My last name is Geller, not Gellar.
3. I have never said that Muslims want to repeal the U.S. Constitution.
4. I am not banned from the United Kingdom for my affiliation with alleged hate groups (I don’t have any such affiliation).
5. It’s not true that I have not signed any artists yet — we have over 60 submissions from artists.
6. FBI statistics say that hate crimes against other groups, particularly Jews, are far more common than those against Muslims.
7. “Geller also said the Islamic State group was evidence of the repressive nature of Islam.” I didn’t say that.

Why would a journalist carry water for the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth — one that threatens your very life and livelihood? Do you even know what truth and accuracy are?

Yours in liberty,

Pamela Geler

Dylan wrote me back:

Hi Pamela,

Yes I read your piece. I thought it was clever of you to characterize me as a “useful idiot.” Do you mean useful to the terrorists? I didn’t quite understand it. Also I loved the picture of me that you included. In response to your seven points:

1. I’m sorry, ma’am, but I am a journalist and I stand firmly by my characterization of you as an anti-Islam activist. Here’s why: all of those things are bad for sure, but you concentrate exclusively on the violations committed by Muslim people. On your blog and in your television appearances, you speak only 100 percent about things done by Muslim people, always in a negative light. You also picketed outside the Muslim conference in Garland last month protesting to people who never did any of those things you listed. If you want to focus on terror killings, look to the U.S.-Meixco border, where drug cartels have beheaded many, many more people than ISIS, and killed many more Americans over the last ten years. My city, Houston, is the continent’s biggest city for sex-trafficking, but you don’t address anything that goes on here because it doesn’t have anything to do with Muslims and you are an anti-Muslim activist.

2. I’m sorry, that was my mistake. It has been corrected.

3. In our interview, you told me that jihadists want to impose shariah law on the United States. Also, I based that on the website for your group, “Stop Islamization of America,” which says in the heading that “Fundamentalist Islam wants Shariah to replace the U.S. Constitution and fundamentally transform America.”

4. According to the British newspaper The Independent, British government officials wouldn’t let you into their country because they believed your groups are “anti-Muslim hate groups.” So British officials banned you for your affiliation with hate groups.

5. When I asked you for the names of any artists that had signed up, you told me no one had been confirmed yet.

6. This is irrelevant, ma’am. My story didn’t mention anything about anti-Jew crimes. But I might note that most of those are not committed by Muslims.

7. According to my notes, I asked you for any examples of repressiveness of Islam, and you listed for me many crimes committed by the Islamic State.

And for reference, I asked you what jihad and shariah were to check your understanding, because I have read extensively on the two. Based on your answers I would encourage you to have more dialogue with Muslim Americans. You should also realize that asking Muslim Americans, or even most Muslims, to speak for the crimes of ISIS or other militant groups is like asking all Christians to speak for the crimes of the Mexican Drug Cartels of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

And just to say, I am not so fearful of the middle Eastern militants as you are. For my record, I have never seen one and have never been threatened by one. There are people fighting on the other side of the planet, and while it pains my heart to see so much killing and loss, I’m not going to become hateful to all my Arab neighbors because of what I see on TV. Note there was nothing in my article justifying terrorism, only explaining the fallacies of your hate which arouses American people to resent their neighbors who have done nothing wrong.

But I appreciate your engagement in the online media—that’s the kind of diverse plurality that makes our democracy work. Tweeting a picture of poop at me was a little bit childish, though.

Your friend,

Dylan

I responded to every Dylan point:

Dylan: Yes I read your piece. I thought it was clever of you to characterize me as a “useful idiot.” Do you mean useful to the terrorists? I didn’t quite understand it. Also I loved the picture of me that you included. In response to your seven points:

Geller: Useful to those who are working to undermine our freedoms. You tweeted:

Dylan Baddour @DylanBaddour  ·  Feb 20

Me and @CAIRHouston get the honor of a mention by @PamelaGeller in Breitbart news! http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/20/houston-chronicles-dylan-baddour-jesuiscoulibaly/ …

Do you know what CAIR is? CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case “” so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refusedtodenounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. Its California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented.
Do you know the work we do? Have you even read my bio?

1.       I’m sorry, ma’am, but I am a journalist and I stand firmly by my characterization of you as an anti-Islam activist.

GELLER: Anti-sharia, yes. Anti jihad, yes. But anti-Islam.

Nonsense. I don’t care if you worship a stone, just don’t stone me with it. I have no problem with Muslims and Islam except and until they begin to use the tenets of Islam to justify taking away the human rights of others, including Muslim women. What about the Muslim girls and women whom we help get to connected with help networks to save them from honor killing, death for apostasy, etc.?

Dylan: Here’s why: all of those things are bad for sure, but you concentrate exclusively on the violations committed by Muslim people. On your blog and in your television appearances, you speak only 100 percent about things done by Muslim people, always in a negative light.

Geller: My area of expertise is jihad and sharia. Why would I talk about peaceful Muslims who don’t want to strap on a bomb or kill people? I expect that. I don’t have to pat on the back every Muslim who doesn’t want to kill me, but there is a problem in Islam, and your ignorance is empowering it.

There have been over 25,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 911, each one with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. How as a reporter does that not concern you??

Dylan: You also picketed outside the Muslim conference in Garland last month protesting to people who never did any of those things you listed.

Geller: Nonsense. I know the players of that conference well. John Esposito is a Saudi-funded academic who has called Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who advocates jihad suicide bombings and has prayed that Allah would destroy kill all the Jews, a champion of a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism and human rights.” Esposito has called the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) a “phenomenal organization.” Esposito has spoken at Hamas-linked CAIR fundraisers in order, he explained, to “show solidarity not only with the Holy Land Fund [that is, the Holy Land Foundation], but also with CAIR.” The Holy Land Foundation was shut down and prosecuted for funneling money to the jihad terror group Hamas, which once boasted on its website about its murders of civilians in pizza parlors and on buses; the Justice Department named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. Esposito also refuses to condemn Hamas, as the Investigative Project notes: “In a 2000 interview in The United Association for Studies and Research’s (UASR) Middle East Affairs Journal, Esposito refused to condemn Hamas, which at the time was already designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department.” He has co-edited a book, Islam and Secularism in the Middle East, with Azzam Tamimi. Palestinian political scientist Muhammad Muslih calls Tamimi “a Hamas member.” Tamimi has said: “I admire the Taliban; they are courageous,” and “I support Hamas.” When University of South Florida computer science professor Sami al-Arian was accused of involvement with the leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for the murders of several civilians, he became a cause célèbre, with his defenders ascribing his prosecution to “Islamophobia.” Esposito rushed to his defense, avowing: “Sami Al-Arian’s a very good friend of mine.”
Also scheduled to attend the forum was Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was designated a “potential unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing for taking the Blind Sheik to speak at mosques in New York and New Jersey in the early 1990s. Wahhaj has warned that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has also asserted that “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”

They sought to restrict free speech under the guise of “islamophobia” — and not a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Obscene.

Dylan: If you want to focus on terror killings, look to the U.S.-Meixco border, where drug cartels have beheaded many, many more people than ISIS, and killed many more Americans over the last ten years. My city, Houston, is the continent’s biggest city for sex-trafficking, but you don’t address anything that goes on here because it doesn’t have anything to do with Muslims and you are an anti-Muslim activist.

Geller: What does that have to do with what we are talking about??? Do you criticize your ear nose and throat specialist for not dealing with heart disease? Does the existence of another problem mean that one should not discuss a different problem?

2.       I’m sorry, that was my mistake. It has been corrected.

3.       In our interview, you told me that jihadists want to impose shariah law on the United States. Also, I based that on the website for your group, “Stop Islamization of America,” which says in the heading that “Fundamentalist Islam wants Shariah to replace the U.S. Constitution and fundamentally transform America.”

Geller: Are you saying fundamentalist Islam doesn’t want that? What did Osama want? What does Boko Haram want? Al Qaeda? ISIS? Et al. My quarrel here was with your reductionist construction — “Muslims want to repeal the U.S. Constitution.” This is misleading in a way that takes real concerns about groups that in their own words (according to a captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document) are working toward “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” and makes those concerns seem silly — which was obviously your intention. There are no Muslims working on an effort to “repeal” the Constitution, which calls to mind legal and legislative action, Constitutional conventions, etc. Rather, there are Muslims working to subvert and ultimately destroy Constitutional freedoms, as the Muslim Brotherhood document explicitly avows.

4.       According to the British newspaper The Independent, British government officials wouldn’t let you into their country because they believed your groups are “anti-Muslim hate groups.” So British officials banned you for your affiliation with hate groups.

Geller: So you just lift your work from other yellow journalists? That’s what journalism school teaches you? The reason the UK stated for banning us was that our presence “would not be conducive to the public good.” They feared violent Muslims — that’s a far different thing. The British documents are posted online at Scribd — read them.

5.       When I asked you for the names of any artists that had signed up, you told me no one had been confirmed yet.

Geller: We now have over 70 submissions from artists.

6.       This is irrelevant, ma’am. My story didn’t mention anything about anti-Jew crimes. But I might note that most of those are not committed by Muslims.

Geller: Wrong. Do you investigate your theories, or do you think that if you believe something, it must be so?

7.       According to my notes, I asked you for any examples of repressiveness of Islam, and you listed for me many crimes committed by the Islamic State.

Geller: In fact, I mentioned Boko Haram, Hamas, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and others. All of these groups, including the Islamic State, cite the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and repression.

Dylan: And for reference, I asked you what jihad and shariah were to check your understanding, because I have read extensively on the two. Based on your answers I would encourage you to have more dialogue with Muslim Americans. You should also realize that asking Muslim Americans, or even most Muslims, to speak for the crimes of ISIS or other militant groups is like asking all Christians to speak for the crimes of the Mexican Drug Cartels of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

Geller: What Muslim Americans say may be interesting, but thus far they haven’t done anything to stop the many American Muslims going to join the Islamic State. They say they oppose its understanding of Islam, but they have no programs to teach against it. The Mexican drug cartels are not killing in the name of Christ. The Lord’s Resistance Army reflects no theology of any Christian group (in sharp contrast to the jihadis reflecting and repeating traditional Islamic law), and are funded and given weapons by the Sudanese government, a pro-jihad entity — they’re actually a tool of jihadists.

Dylan: And just to say, I am not so fearful of the middle Eastern militants as you are. For my record, I have never seen one and have never been threatened by one. There are people fighting on the other side of the planet, and while it pains my heart to see so much killing and loss, I’m not going to become hateful to all my Arab neighbors because of what I see on TV. Note there was nothing in my article justifying terrorism, only explaining the fallacies of your hate which arouses American people to resent their neighbors who have done nothing wrong.

Geller: So if you don’t see it, it’s not happening. What was Fort Hood, the Christmas tree lighting attempted bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Times Square car bomb, etc.? What about all the attacks and plots I detailed in this article? http://gellerreport.com/2015/01/pamela-geller-breitbart-jihad-in-america-2014.html/

But I appreciate your engagement in the online media—that’s the kind of diverse plurality that makes our democracy work. Tweeting a picture of poop at me was a little bit childish, though.

Geller: Your work is poop — not actually with a happy grin, but with a grimace.

You are writing your opinion — not reporting the news.

There is a difference between the news pages and oped pages, but that’s a distinction you hope to obliterate — well then, let your readers know how biased you are. Warn them.

Yours in liberty,
Pamela Geller

After all that — after that entire exchange, he writes this one long whine, without mentioning that exchange at all, much less quoting anything I said. And he assumes that Atlas readers are like him – lemmings — incapable of thought, following a dogma. He thinks that way because he knows no other way.

Atlas readers choose Atlas because they think. They choose to think. This is a concept completely alien to him and his mindless ilk.

If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking. (Ayn Rand)

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My first online shaming

My moment of Twitter infamy

By Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle

February 26, 2015

As a young reporter in the Digital Age, I weathered a rite of passage last week: I became one of the ten-second celebrities who populate the daily net buzz. I sparked my first Internet controversy, and suffered my first online shaming.

On Friday, hundreds of angry people tweeted about my article on a contest to draw Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. But they weren’t angry that the prophet would be pictured.

They attacked by command of Pamela Geller, the contest organizer and a source in my story. Displeased with my work, she ran an 850-word article on Breitbart, a website somewhere to the right of Fox News — solely about me — with my name in the headline. But the photo with the article showed a French terrorist who killed four people last month.

“Dylan Baddour takes a firm stand in support of the slaughter in the cause of Sharia restrictions on free speech,” she wrote, noting that my alleged allegiance to jihad was the result of “the cultural sewer [I] was raised in.”

She also tweeted a picture of poop at me….

“Good to see the enemy expose themselves,” wrote one. Another said I should be caged.

“Best you crawl home to mama who should have taught you not to be so ignorant,” wrote another.

It isn’t that surprising. Muhammad is a controversial figure. The tweeters came from a segment of right-wing Americans who are absolutely terrified of Muslims, and who thought my piece about the Texas event supported Islamic jihad. I was called an “Islamo-Nazi,” a “terrorist-loving douche” and a “[supporter of] jihad against the Jews.”

One tweet said, “so you’re an incompetent Sharia compliant left liar 4 Islam Child Rape n’ Beheading Murder Inc. then.”

There was the horde, thirsty for blood. The largest number of Twitter notifications I’d ever had awaiting me before was perhaps 13. Now there were hundreds. As I scrolled through message after message, my eyes widened with dismal awe.

“Dang,” I thought. “I never had so many people hate me before.”

The aggressors seemed to think that some Muslim people fight simply because their religion encourages violence, and they reject any political or historical explanation for the Rise of Terror. Because they believe Muslims are dangerous by nature, they become extremely alarmed and aggressive at any discussion of the world’s second biggest religion. And they came after me.

But the swarm spits its words and quickly moves on. By Sunday only a few stragglers remained to jeer, and by Monday the tweets had stopped. I was forgotten again, except for my lingering listing on JihadWatch.org.

I’ve only been in media for two years. I hadn”t realized how frequently the wrath of words is unleashed on reporters. When news broke of my Internet stardom, people in the newsroom chuckled. Older reporters told hate-mail tales. Some were even jealous that I had my own hashtag.

I’d had my moment of dark renown and not known enough to enjoy it while it was happening. Now I’m hoping for more to come.

 

Bookmark Gray Matters. Unless you’re an Islamo-Nazi.

One last inaccuracy, Dylan: I never use the term “Islamo-Nazi.”

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